[R] Plotting league tables/ caterpillar plots

From: Eik Vettorazzi <vettorazzi_at_econ.uni-hamburg.de>
Date: Mon 24 Jul 2006 - 22:04:05 EST

Dear list,
I was wondering if there is a function to plot league tables, sometimes also known as "caterpillar plots"?
A league table is conceptually very similar to a box plot. One difference is that the inter-quartile ranges are not shown. If there isn't such a function a first attempt for a "selfmade" plot would be to tell boxplot not to plot boxes (sounds silly isn't it?). I've tried the option "boxwex=0" but the result is unsatisfactory.

An example for a league table can be found in Marshall, Spiegelhalter [1998], Reliability of league tables of in vitro fertilisation clinics, BMJ1998;316:1701-1705, you may find it at http://bmj.bmjjournals.com

Thanks in advance

Eik Vettorazzi

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